Some of you may have heard a fancy new term in the tech industry lately: The Industrial Internet-of-Things. We want to help you understand what this new buzzword means, and why does it matter for your business.
At the heart of it, Industrial IoT is simply about how industries can adapt to a new way of working, where machines are now connected to the internet, making it smarter and easier to control. It can apply to small household appliances such as refrigerators, or even to huge machines in an entire factory. The connection between these smart machines enables new ways for us to interact with them, automating them to complete a certain task with minimal human intervention, and easier maintenance or monitoring.
A good example that can help you understand the potential of IoT can be seen from this scenario of a futuristic home: A smart Air Conditioning machine can now check weather data from the internet and then applying the correct temperature based on the weather condition, we don’t even have to adjust it ourselves. Another example is Smart Refrigerator, imagine having a refrigerator that can check and monitor the food and groceries you put inside of it. When some of the food is going bad or you almost run out of it, it can connect itself to an online store to order a new batch for you. We may never need to go to a grocery store again.
For Industrial IoT, a similar example can be applied in a factory setting, where thousands of machines can notify us when something needs fixing, instead of requiring us to check it routinely one-by-one. Imagine how much time (and money!) can be saved with this.
These machines can also be equipped with sensors that make them aware of the conditions around them. The data collected from these machines can then be uploaded to the internet. These will ultimately enable a business to have a rich and detailed insight into their own operations, opening the potential for better decision-making and a more efficient planning.
With this insight, it will be easier for businesses to improve productivity, creating new business opportunity, maximizing asset utilization, and improving the safety of human workers. This intelligent progress for the long run will lead to better competitiveness and a rapid economic growth.
Optimizing People at Work: Health Data & Location Identification
One of the most exciting things about IoT is wearable technology. A wearable is a smart device that we can wear, such as watches or glasses. These smartwatches can capture information about our bodies, and use it to help us improve our lives. Apple Watch, Garmin, Jawbone, and Fitbit know our heart rate, our movement, and our location. These smartwatches then used this data to motivate us to be more active when we lack exercise, warning us to stop when we are forcing ourselves, and making us aware of our progress and improvement. Some smartwatches can even detect signs of heart problems, and directly contacting medical emergency service when they detect an imminent heart attack.
But do you know that these same devices that people are using in their daily lives can be used as an Industrial Internet-of-Things tool?
The same data that the smartwatch can capture can be used to monitor the health and fitness of workers in various projects as a way to reduce incident and improve operation productions. In Dattabot, we are excited to work on a project that can leverage the power of wearables to solve painful problems for numerous coal mining projects throughout Indonesia.
In the coal mining industry, mining operators often faced low productivity due to worker’s fatigue and ineffective manpower allocation, furthermore, these fatigued workers have a higher risk of causing the incident which in the end will cause the company to face higher costs to fix the incident.
With these wearable systems, the companies can better monitor the location and health of their operators, so they can do a more effective assignment planning for their operators. Making sure productivity is optimized, risks of an incident is minimized, and the well-being of the workers is guaranteed.
This is how the mining industry starts to leverage Industrial Internet-of-Things to power their growth. Are you ready to leverage this technology for your business? Reach out to Dattabot and we’ll see how we can explore this!